The trishoola (trident) in one of Her hands is atypical of Durgaroopa Devi Mahishasuramardini. She is an ashtabhujadhari Devi, one who is possessed of (‘dhari’) eight (‘ashta’) arms (‘bhuja’). In each of those hands is a weapon that the devaloka bestowed upon Durga whilst birthing Her or the flesh and bones of adharmees vanquished in the hands of Kali. Despite the ferocity of form and the minimal shringar to indicate Her status as devi, there is an unearthly beauty about Her.
As is characteristic of Indian bronzes, the murti is housed within a statement-making aureole. The same is composed of concentric circles, each engraved and sculpted with gracious wave- and fire-like curves. The signature Kirtimukham at the zenith of the composition betrays the traditional Southern roots of the workmanship.
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